Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Recession is death to celebrity artists - discuss

“Art in Troubled Times”, a two-part examination of how recession affects the arts, was presented by Alan Yentob in Imagine (BBC1, 21 & 28 July 2009).

One premise was that lack of hard cash means that individuals and corporations alike are no longer willing to invest in ‘big name’ artists, who are consequently forced to ‘downsize’. Conversely, bodies such as the Arts Council and the National Lottery are more likely to award funding to previously unknown individual artists and small, local art groups.

Schemes designed to encourage wider, community access to the arts are also more likely to attract the backing of UK and US governments in times of hardship. Access to the arts is seen as a means of raising public morale as well as satisfying demand for affordable entertainment. The result is a move away from elitism towards a more democratic ‘art for the people’.

Yentob asks ‘In times like these, what is art worth? And what is art for?’ Should it be the preserve of the rich, making fortunes for a few household names? Is it devalued if we curate ‘outsider’ art in galleries? Or is art something we should value for its own sake and for our enjoyment - from a child’s scribbling to the Camera Club’s exhibition, from the Amateur Dramatic Club’s play to ballet and the opera? Tell us what you think.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

New autumn 2009 programme published

Our new programme is out and a fabulous one it is too. Mosaics and Paper are the focus of our gallery exhibions, with link events including a weekend devoted to Artists' Books, and weekend workshops on mosaic design for home and garden.
Music is also a feature this autumn, with acoustic, Blues and Folk all on the menu - and a Jump Start Jazz workshop if you fancy having a go yourself.
Visit our website for details of art and crafts courses, events and happenings at New Brewery Arts - or pick up a programme from the shop if you are in Cirencester.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Who we are and what we do

New Brewery Arts is an arts and crafts charity in the heart of the Cotswolds, working with local people, schools and businesses to make contemporary arts and crafts accessible to everyone.

We have a fabulous gallery, theatre, shop and café - and we are one of the few venues in Gloucestershire for art and craft courses including ceramics, sculpture, wood or stone carving, millinery, textiles, stained glass etc.

Why not come and visit us in Cirencester this summer?